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CHESG 2015

May 27, 2015 - May 28, 2015

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14th Annual Canadian Health Economist’s Study Group Conference (CHESG)


You are invited to submit a paper for presentation at the next Annual Meeting of the Canadian Health Economists’ Study Group, to be held May 27 – 28th at The Faculty Club, University of Toronto ( Registration deadline is May 12th, 2015.

The Canadian Health Economist’s Study Group is an annual conference of economists with an interest in theoretical or empirical economic analysis of issues related to health or health care. The conference typically covers a day and a half.

Keynote speakers: Prof. Badi Baltagi and Prof. Frank Lichtenberg

Badi H. Baltagi is distinguished Professor of Economics, and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He is the author of several books including: Econometric Analysis of Panel Data, 5th edition (Wiley) and Econometrics, 5th edition (Springer). He is also author or co-author of over 150 publications, all in leading economics journals, including Econometrica, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Political Economy, and The Review of Economics and Statistics.

Professor Baltagi is editor of Economics Letters, editor of Empirical Economics, and associate editor of Journal of Econometrics and Econometric Reviews. He is the replication editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics and the series editor for Contributions to Economic Analysis. He is a fellow of the Journal of Econometrics and a recipient of the Multa and Plura Scripsit Awards from Econometric Theory. Also fellow of the Advances in Econometrics and recipient of the Distinguished Authors Award from the Journal of Applied Econometrics. He is a Founding fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the Spatial Econometrics Association. He is also a Founding Member of the International Association for Applied Econometrics.

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Frank R. Lichtenberg is Courtney C. Brown Professor of Business at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business; a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research; and a member of the CESifo Research Network. He received a BA with Honours in History from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Some of Professor Lichtenberg’s research has examined how the introduction of new technology arising from research and development affects the productivity of companies, industries, and nations. He has performed studies of the impact of pharmaceutical innovation on longevity, the effect of computers on productivity in business and government organizations, and the consequences of takeovers and leveraged buyouts for efficiency and employment. His articles have been published in numerous scholarly journals and in the popular press. His book Corporate Takeovers and Productivity has been published by MIT Press.

He was awarded the 1998 Schumpeter Prize for his paper, Pharmaceutical Innovation as a Process of Creative Destruction; the 2003 Milken Institute Award for Distinguished Economic Research for the paper, Pharmaceutical Knowledge-Capital Accumulation and Longevity; and Research!America’s 2010 Garfield Economic Impact Award for the paper, The effect of new cancer drug approvals on the life expectancy of American cancer patients, 1978-2004.

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Meals will be provided. All other expenses, including transportation and lodging, are the participant’s responsibility. Selection of papers for presentation is done by a local scientific committee, based on submission of completed papers, not abstracts.

Ten papers will be accepted for presentation. The conference will consist of a full day of presentations on Wednesday May 27th, and a half-day of presentations on Thursday, May 28th. Each paper is allotted 45 minutes for the presentation, comments from a discussant, and general discussion. Submissions are invited from any geographical location.

If you would like to present, please submit a complete draft in two versions: (i) an anonymized version, and (ii) a version containing author(s) contact information. Submissions should be in an electronic format (.doc or .pdf) and sent to by February 28th, 2015 with subject heading CHESG SUBMISSION.

Submissions should be unpublished. Decisions will be made and notifications sent out by April 1st, 2015.

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Local Organizers: 

Dr. Audrey Laporte
Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management, & Evaluation

Director, Canadian Centre for Health Economics
University of Toronto,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Claire de Oliveira
Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management, & Evaluation

Scientist, Social and Epidemiological Research (SER) Department, CAMH
University of Toronto,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Series Organizing Committee:
Co-Chair, Emma Piérard, University of Waterloo

Co-Chair, Logan McLeod, Wilfrid Laurier University
Chris Auld, University of Victoria
Paul Grootendorst, University of Toronto
Pierre-Thomas Leger, HEC Montreal

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41 Willcocks Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S1C7 Canada
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